Vegan Olivia Wilde has a message for all those dieters who run in the opposite direction when someone offers them a food high in carbohydrates: Stop the madness.
"Fear of carbs, of gluten, of everything -- we've distanced ourselves from the beauty of food, the art of it," Olivia told Allure magazine recently. "It makes me sad when people say 'Oh, I don’t eat gluten. I don’t eat cheese. I don't eat this. So I eat cardboard.’”
In addition to dismissing strict diets, Olivia thinks that fear of going nude is odd. "I’m not an exhibitionist, but I’m not shy. Our fear of nudity in this country is bizarre," she added.
Olivia became a vegetarian when she was young, she told the Huffington Post.
"I have been a vegetarian since I was like... 12," she explained. "But [being vegan] has been something that, for the past four years, has at times been consistent, other times less so," she said of her more recent and more challenging dietary decision.
"It helps if you have the right support system," Olivia noted. "The person who really showed me the best way to do it was Alicia Silverstone. We were shooting a movie called 'Butter' and we were in Northern Louisiana -- where there is no vegetarian food -- and she cooked the most incredible recipes from the Kind diet for me everyday. I have never looked or felt better in my life."
The "Kind diet" to which Olivia refers is part of Alicia's book: "The Kind Diet: A Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight, and Saving the Planet." In addition to recipes, the book explains how to shift from an omnivore diet to a plant-based diet. Alicia offers support for different lifestyles as well as discussing the benefits of a vegan diet for health and the planet.